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Design and Performance Evaluation of Mini-Lightweight Piezo-Composite Actuators

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In this paper, through an evaluation process conducted on several designs of mini-LIPCA (Lightweight Piezo-Composite curved Actuator), an optimal design of a mini-LIPCA has been proposed. Comparing with the LIPCA-C2, the design of the mini-LIPCA comes with reduced overall size and a thinner active layer. Since a variation in the number and lay-up of fiber composite layers may strongly affect the performance of the device, one is able to configure several designs of mini-LIPCA. The evaluation process is then followed in order to determine a configuration which characterizes the possibly optimal performance. That is, a design of a mini-LIPCA is said to be optimal if it is capable of producing a maximum out-of-plane displacement. The size of the LIPCA to be investigated was selected to be 10 mm × 20 mm in which the thickness of PZT plate is about 0.1 mm. The thickness of glass/epoxy and carbon/epoxy are about 0.09 mm and 0.1 mm, respectively. The evaluation process has been conducted thoroughly, i.e., analytical estimation, numerical approximation and the experimental measurement are all involved. Firstly, the design equation was used to calculate essential parameters of proposed lay-up configurations. Secondly, ANSYS, a commercial FEA package, was utilized to estimate displacement outputs of the actuators upon being excited. Finally, experimental measurements were able to verify the predicted results.
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Keywords: LIPCA; MINIATURE; PZT; UNIMORPH

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Artificial Muscle Research Center, Department of Aerospace Information Engineering, Konkuk University, C-387, College of Engineering, 01 Hwayang-dong, Kwangjin-gu, Seoul 143-701, Republic of Korea 2: Artificial Muscle Research Center, Department of Aerospace Information Engineering, Konkuk University, C-387, College of Engineering, 01 Hwayang-dong, Kwangjin-gu, Seoul 143-701, Republic of Korea;, Email: kjyoon@konkuk.ac.kr

Publication date: 2009-10-01

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